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Conference(s) Calling

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 28 2008

The conference season is heating up, and while we're not at TED or BIL or FRED*, Andrew, Josh and I will be busy over the next few weeks. Here are some highlights, including Politics Online, ETech, Freedom-to-Connect, ... Read More

Nader/Gravel Ticket? Id Meets Superego [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 28 2008

Ralph Nader is announcing his Vice Presidential running mate today at noon, an unorthodox move to some, but required due to the onerous rules regarding petitioning for ballot access in many states. I predict he will pick ... Read More

How YouTube is Replacing the Soundbite with the Soundblast

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 27 2008

New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley writes that "Debates give candidates a chance to break loose of YouTube-ification and speak for themselves at length." She couldn't be more wrong about YouTube. Read More

How YouTube is Replacing the Soundbite with the Soundblast

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 27 2008

New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley writes that "Debates give candidates a chance to break loose of YouTube-ification and speak for themselves at length." She couldn't be more wrong about YouTube. Read More

William F. Buckley, 1926-2008

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 27 2008

Relive the 1968 Buckley v Vidal debate, via the magic of YouTube. Read More

William F. Buckley, 1926-2008

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 27 2008

Relive the 1968 Buckley v Vidal debate, via the magic of YouTube. Read More

Nader Again: A Snare and a Delusion

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 26 2008

Ralph Nader is running for president, again. But he has a problem: he doesn't understand the web as well as the web understands him. Message to Ralph: It's not the 1970s any more. It's not even the 1990s any more. Read More

Videracy, and the Latest Riff on "Yes We Can": "No You Can't"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 14 2008

Does the left have a monopoly on funny satire? Does Final Cut Pro only work on computers owned by progressives? Or is it something in the water? What makes some people "viderate" and others embarrassingly illiterate in ... Read More

Videracy, and the Latest Riff on "Yes We Can": "No You Can't"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 14 2008

Does the left have a monopoly on funny satire? Does Final Cut Pro only work on computers owned by progressives? Or is it something in the water? What makes some people "viderate" and others embarrassingly illiterate in ... Read More

Over the Horizon: User-Centered Online Politics?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 12 2008

Esther Dyson argues that while Google and a host of start-ups are refining their ability to target advertising at consumers, the long-term news is in how web users are learning, through sites like Facebook, to control ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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